Stuff on my mind today

I just read that the Marilyn Denis Show,  is guest hosted by Cabbie (Cabrel Richards) from The Score.  If you have even seen The Score, you will want to watch Cabbie in this new venue.  With Denis, a Toronto radio and TV legend in Toronto pairing up with Cabbie, this show is now a must see.  Set your PVR’s.

Now for the, is it just me or is the world getting stupider, portion of our show…

When Sarah Palin accused journalists and pundits of “blood libel” in the wake of the deadly Arizona shootings, it caused quite an uproar.  At first I figured it was because it’s Palin and she says a lot of dumb stuff, but apparently, bad on me for not knowing more about my history.

The term “blood libel” is a direct reference to a time when many European Christians blamed Jews for kidnapping and murdering Christian children to obtain their blood.  Jews were tortured and executed for crimes they did not commit.

In a video posted to her Facebook page early Wednesday Palin accused the US media of inciting hatred and violence after the shooting that gravely wounded US Rep. Gabrielle Giffords by saying, “But, especially within hours of a tragedy unfolding, journalists and pundits should not manufacture a blood libel that serves only to incite the very hatred and violence they purport to condemn. That is reprehensible.”  I doubt she said this with the intent of being anti-Semitic…  She doesn’t seem that smart.  Sorry.

A police officer in Toronto was killed when he was run over by a stolen snow plow which went on a rampage in downtown Toronto… I feel sorry for the cop and his family. But how and why do crazy people get all the press now? One shoots a congresswoman in Arizona, another steals a snowplow.  What ever happened to getting your fifteen minutes of fame without hurting someone like on YouTube by posting a video of yourself.

Why in the world is everyone so excited about Ted Williams, the homeless guy with the great voice.

His story is a slap in the face to all the homeless. Let me first state that I detest that there are homeless in the streets (had to step over one yesterday while working downtown – it was -15 celsius and this guy was ona sewer grate. They are gross, smelly and bugging people for money for wine. The City should be rounding them up, cleaning them up and doing whatever it takes to get them back on their feet. I think as human we owe that to them. They are there for a reason, usually related to some mental illness. Ignoring them or feeding them is not the solution…

So back to Williams… He gets noticed for having a nice voice, picked up, cleaned off and people expect him to change. He’s in rehab today after getting in a fight with his daughter who didn’t care about him and let him live in the street for so many years.

Before we thrust him in the spotlight, we need to take a step back at all these lost souls living in the streets without the golden voices, and figure out a plan to help them succeed, not to for our benefit. Williams’ handlers might be worried now about their meal ticket…

Under the category of WTF…
An Iranian deputy foreign minister has said the United States and Israel are to blame for the collapse of Lebanon’s government.

Lebanon was without a government on Thursday after Hezbollah and its allies resigned from cabinet over a UN probe into the assassination of former premier Rafiq Hariri.

Tell me how this is Israel’s fault? And why exactly is Iran so interested in Lebanon, now? I’ll tell you why.

For months, terrorist group, Hezbollah, which is backed by Iran and Syria, had been pushing current PM Saad Hariri to reject a UN tribunal which was going to indict senior Hezbollah members in connection with Rafiq Hariri’s 2005 assassination.

So to clear this up… Hezbollah – a terrorist organization according to the UN – is involved in the killing of Lebanon’s PM, then blames Israel and the US for the releasing of a UN report blaming Hezbollah.

Errr, yeah. Nice swerve… NOT.

And last thought.

Who, or what the fuck is Nicki Minaj? I heard a song of hers earlier in the day in my car where she uses the expression, “nappy headed hoes” throughout a song which was the exact same expression used by Don Imus, the long-time radio host which got him fired from radio in 2007.

Below is a recap of that incident, I encourage you to read through it, and please take note of the last paragraph.

 For Imus, it all started on April 4, 2007, during a discussion about the NCAA (US college) Women’s Basketball Championship, Imus characterized the Rutgers University women’s basketball team players as “rough girls” commenting on their tattoos.  His executive producer responded by referring to them as “hardcore hos”.  The discussion continued with Imus describing the girls as “nappy-headed hos”.

Imus immediately issued a statement of apology:

I want to take a moment to apologize for an insensitive and ill-conceived remark we made the other morning regarding the Rutgers women’s basketball team, which lost to Tennessee in the NCAA championship game on Tuesday. It was completely inappropriate and we can understand why people were offended. Our characterization was thoughtless and stupid, and we are sorry.

Still, on April 9, Imus appeared on the Reverend Al Sharpton’s radio talk show to address the controversy.  Sharpton called the comments “abominable”, “racist”, and “sexist”, and repeated his earlier demand that Imus be fired.

Even CBS board member and former NAACP president Bruce Gordon said that Imus should not be allowed to come back even after the suspension, claiming that his remarks “crossed the line, a very bright line that divides our country.”

Eventually, CBS Radio cancelled Imus in the Morning by making a statement that contained some of the following language; “From the outset, I believe all of us have been deeply upset and revulsed by the statements that were made on our air about the young women who represented Rutgers University in the NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship with such class, energy and talent. There has been much discussion of the effect language like this has on our young people, particularly young women of color trying to make their way in this society. That consideration has weighed most heavily on our minds as we made our decision.”

What’s important here is that the rationale for Imus being cancelled / suspended was the impact of his words on young woman of colour and condemnation came from all over the place, yet these same people – Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson who jumped all over Imus have been really silent as Nicki Minaj sings about it… I believe this is called a double standard!

Ironically, just hours after his firing, Imus attended a 3-hour meeting with the basketball team where Imus again apologized and the team accepted it. It was also revealed that the basketball team had NOT asked for Imus to be fired.

Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton’s role in the controversy has drawn complaints. Conservative African-American columnist Armstrong Williams criticized Jackson and Sharpton for “ratcheting up the rhetoric” and holding Imus to a “higher standard” than they would have themselves judged by. Sharpton has been criticized for his hypocrisy in not attacking rappers who use similar terms.

In an even more bizarre twist, Nicki Minaj has been nominated for an NAACP Image Award for “Outstanding New Artist”… The same organization that pushed for Imus ousting for the negative impact his song had on woman of colour.

I’m confused.

Could someone please explain…

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